10 years of PATS history depicted on cupcakes for our 10th anniversary (Cupcake artist: Nicolette Cobbold, February 2018)
Since 2008, the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School (PATS) has been promoting Argentine tango as a form of dance, music and poetry that can enrich anyone’s life. Tango dancing is based on walking, and is accessible to people of all ages. Tango music is in the midst of a renaissance and, as one of the leading tango music presenters in the United States, PATS is honored to be part of that.
Our offerings include:
We organize the Philly Tango Festival and the Fishtown Salon Concert Series. We often hold workshop series on techniques that help prepare the body for tango and help us stay healthy as dancers, including Classical Ballet, Hatha Yoga, Alexander Technique and Biotensegrity.
During the pandemic, we have become one of the leading presenters of online tango content including lectures, dance classes for individuals and couples, and livestream music events. We held an entire Virtual Tango Festival featuring 49 artists from around the world in May 2020. While dancing together in person will not be safe for a while, outdoor, socially-distanced, seated concerts are now possible. We believe that we are the first tango organization to hold hybrid concert events, mixing live, outdoor socially-distanced performance with a live stream that can be viewed from anywhere in the world.
It’s been a great month celebrating the Astor Piazzolla Centennial. We look forward to continuing our celebration in person, when that is possible. Meanwhile, don’t miss our last virtual event tonight!
Wednesday, March 31
Bandoneon: Lautaro Greco
Piano: Cristian Zarate
Violin: Sebastian Prusak
Double Bass: Sergio Rivas
Guitar: Esteban Falabella
7:30-8:30 pm: Concert on vimeo for exquisite video/sound
8:30-9 pm: Conversation with the band on zoom
The Quinteto Revolucionario is considered one of the foremost interpreters of Astor Piazzolla’s music in the world. Its members won the 2019 Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album for their performances of Piazzolla’s music.
Please join us!
During April, the PATS studio is undergoing an HVAC renovation to improve air turn-over. Therefore, all April classes will be taught from off-site. Tango Barre may start up in the middle of the month, after the renovation is complete. We’ll let you know when we know more!
5:30-6:30 pm: Resilient Body - In shape through the pandemic (Diana Cruz)
7-8 pm: Tango Technique (Diana Cruz)
5:30-6:30 pm: All-levels (beginner-friendly) Hatha Flow Yoga for Tango Dancers (Carolyn Merritt)
6:45-7:45 pm: Int/Adv Tango for Couples (Ines Muzzopappa & Gaby Mataloni) - Theme: Vals & Musicality
(And don’t forget our Tango Lecture Series on Wednesdays!)
In August 2020, PHL-17’s Khiree Stewart visited PATS to learn about our efforts to keep tango alive through the pandemic.
The piece features interviews with Andres & Meredith, footage from an online class, and video of us dancing to gorgeous new music written for the Philly tango community by Leandro Ragusa and Emiliano Messiez.
Emiliano Messiez and Leandro Ragusa composed this tango as a gift for the Philadelphia tango community, while all of us, dancers and musicians alike, are going through a hard time. It has two names PTS (Philadelphia Tango School) and Un Tango Para Philly.
The recording was made in Buenos Aires and New York in July 2020 by
Leandro Ragusa, bandoneon
Emiliano Messiez, piano
Pablo Lanouguere, bass
They promise to come play it in our studio as soon as it is safe to do so.
On September 30, 2019, WRTI 90.1 FM Philadelphia aired a beautiful show on Argentine tango, featuring performances and interviews by pianist Emiliano Messiez, bandoneonist Leandro Ragusa, and dancers Gustavo Rember and Meredith Klein. The show offers an up-to-the-minute view of the state of tango music today, and the ways that tango dance and tango music are influencing each other.
Please take a few moments to watch and listen!